Friday, October 29, 2010

Shadows and Shapes

Strong direct light will create and project shapes of everyday objects.  I am drawn to scenes which combine two dimensional shapes on three dimensional surfaces.  These types of images command a second look from the viewer as they sort out what it is they are actually seeing.  The first two images illustrate this idea.
This first image was made in Venice, Italy, where I was charmed by the lines of  laundry hanging out to dry.  Yes, I have many images of the actual clothes on the lines, but this one is one of my favorites because of the "suggestion" of hanging shirts on the clothes line.  (Canon EOS 1-D Mark II, Canon 28-105mm EF lens, 1/320 sec. @ f 8.0, ISO 200)
Made over the Namib desert in Namibia, I shot the shape of our helicoptor against the characteristic red sand dunes.  The 2 dimensional shadow became the subject on a 3 dimensional backdrop.  Because of the strong desert sun, the shape of our helicoptor is crisp and contrasts with the background.
(Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm lens, 1/1250 sec. @ f 8.0, ISO 500)
These two images are simply about shape.  Strong side light made the shadow of this fork graphic and distorted.  This image was made in my studio on a day I just felt like playing with shadows and shapes. (Canon 1-D Mark II, Canon 50mm lens, 1/125 sec @ f 16, ISO 200)
Finally, I thought I would include this image made at the Salentein winery in Mendoza, Argentina.  I was drawn to the shadow of the wine glass as the wine taster swirled the wine in the glass.  Why, this was a shadow with COLOR!   I took this shot a step further by converting it to black and white to accentuate the shape of the wine glass shadow and then I colorized the ruby red 'shadow.'
(Canon EOS 1-D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm, 1/100 sec @ f 4.0, ISO 4000)

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